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Grant County Detectives investigating serious child neglect & abuse

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Grant County Detectives investigating serious child neglect & abuse

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May 11, 2012

(Moses Lake, WA) Grant County detectives are investigating a suspected case of child abuse or neglect which has left a two-year-old Moses Lake boy on life support.

Deputies, AMR paramedics and Fire District 5 EMTs were called around 1:00 p.m. Wednesday May 9 to a home near Moses Lake. Responders found a two-year-old boy, who appeared extremely malnourished, with no heartbeat. Firefighters gave CPR, and paramedics were able to get the boy’s heart beating again. He was taken to Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake and then flown by MedStar to Providence-Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, where he remains on life support.

When he was admitted to the hospital, the boy weighed less than 10 lbs. In comparison, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control says the average weight range of a two-year-old boy in the United States is 34 to 48 lbs.

One of the investigating detectives, a 23-year law enforcement veteran, says it’s the worst case of child abuse or neglect he has ever seen.

Detectives served a search warrant on the home Wednesday night and gathered several pieces of evidence. Four other children who live at the home, a 14-year-old boy and three girls ages 10, 7 and 4, are now in the custody of Child Protective Services.

The investigation is open and continues.

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